At a world premiere, Australia will use AI cameras to identify and fine drivers who are caught using their mobile phones behind the wheel. The camera system will be able to identify these cases immediately and a team of human technicians will review the flagged images to avoid false positives. The measure provides for the installation of fixed cameras and also mobile systems to catch drivers in the act.
For the first three months, offending drivers will get away with just one warning and from then on they will start to receive fines of around 200 euros and lose points on the letter, reports Engadget. In critical areas, such as around schools, the penalty goes up to double for each offense.
A study commissioned by the authorities shows that it is possible to prevent 100 fatal accidents over five years using this system.
Privacy is safeguarded as cameras are not pointing to faces, however, the move is being criticized for bringing the burden of proof on drivers. They will then have to prove in court that they were not working on their mobile phones and that this was a misinterpretation of the human validator.